The world premiere of video artist Isaac Julien's seven-screen installation PLAYTIME is using i-Class i-2x4.5 loudspeakers from VUE Audiotechnik for sound reinforcement.
Installed by ArtAV, this ambitious new body of work at the Victoria Miro Gallery in London employs a special mix of sound and vision to create and sustain atmosphere in keeping with the work. ArtAV has been working full-time with Isaac Julien for the past six years, creating sympathetic AV environments worldwide to house Julien's video pieces.
ArtAV's Lez Barker is confident that VUE has what it takes for such a high-profile project. He said: “We have been searching for several years to find an alternative to the most premium loudspeaker brands, at a cost point that more of our customers would find affordable without sacrificing audio quality. I'm happy to say we have found that with VUE."
Founded in 2012 by pro audio veterans Ken Berger, Jim Sides and Michael Adams, California-based VUE Audiotechnik was launched into the UK marketplace in September 2013, where it is represented by independent distributor Fuzion. The California-based company designs and manufactures professional audio systems for a broad range of sound reinforcement applications including touring sound, theatre, club sound, portable PA, houses of worship and commercial audio.
The sound system for PLAYTIME comprises eight i-2x4.5 speakers with two QSC K-subs and two Art SLA4 amplifiers. DSP control is handled by a Xilica Neutrino NS-1616-AES. Video duties are handled by an 8-channel uncompressed 4K/HD media server, customised by ArtAV. This sends video to eight Panasonic PT-EZ570 5,000-lumen WUXGA projectors, which display their content on seven Art AV custom screens: one is 6.4m x 1.95m, while the other six are 3m x 1.69m.
Picture: © Isaac Julien | PLAYTIME at Victoria Miro, London 2014